Have you ever removed a picture of yourself on Facebook because you didn’t like your smile? So have 48 percent of Americans (ages 18-24)—solely because they didn't like how their smile looked. It goes further than Facebook. One third of American adults are unhappy with their smile according to a new study commissioned by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO).
Researchers polled a group of 1000 adults from all over the country to gather the data and found some pretty noteworthy results pertaining to work, love and social life.
36 percent of people unhappy with their teeth believe that they would have a better social life if they had a better smile. And a better love life too—bad teeth was the biggest dating turn-off among both men and women. 77 percent of women reported that in men, crooked teeth are a bigger turnoff than a receding hairline. 22 percent of Americans unhappy with their smile believe that better teeth would help out their love life.
In the workplace, 78 percent of Americans perceive adults with crooked teeth to be unsuccessful. Fourteen percent of those unhappy with their smile feel that they could have a better job if they had better teeth.
Are you unhappy with your smile? Cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics can help. "Professional orthodontic treatments have come a long way in recent years, with innovative options such as clear aligner trays, lingual braces and ceramic braces," says John F. Buzzatto, DMD, president of the American Association of Orthodontists. "Healthy teeth can be moved at any age and it's encouraging that two-thirds of Americans think they are never too old for treatment." Find an expert to makeover your smile here.